Having lived in London for over 10 years, it was easy to fall in love with many of the things that made the UK great – it’s long history, it’s openness to new cultures, it’s innovation. And yet, last month’s Brexit vote, seemed to contradict all the things that I, and many, many others, have grown to love about the UK.
Thousands and millions of Britons mourned the imminent exit of the UK from the European Union. Many things will become more challenging for UK citizens – an unsteady economy, political upheaval, travel, goods. However in light of all these troubles for Britons, what is even more troubling is the massive effects Brexit has on developing nations throughout the world. The LA Times’ Ann M. Simmons delves into that very question. How much will Britain’s exit from the EU affect those developing countries who have come to rely on the support from the EU? Britain is a major contributor in the EU’s pool for development assistance – to the tune of $2.2 billion a year.
Analysts fear that poorer African countries could be at the brunt of the Brexit upheaval. Smallholder farmers could be further hit with hardship because of the sharp decrease in EU subsidies that are likely to occur. This would mean lesser abilities to compete with EU farmers.
There are possibilities for developing countries, particularly Africa, that could happen from Brexit though. Britain could decide to maintain its aid budget and partner with organizations in Africa. Britain and other countries could also really examine the way globalization is unfolding for all people, and find more innovative strategies to keep up with the changing global environment. Let’s hope the two options are in the direction that Britain and the rest of the world go.
P.S. This is Nicole Shorthouse, Volunteer Communications Associate. Stay tuned for my blogs for the Global Hunger Foundation from El Salvador and see how GHF has partnered with Share El Salvador to help women farmers in Chalatenango.